Four Weddings and a Sixpence

Authors: Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, Stefanie Sloane

Publisher: Avon

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon 

Type: Novella in Series 

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Blurb: Beloved authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane deliver the stories of four friends from Mrs. Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings . . .

“Something Old”

Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine, Beatrice Heywood, and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence.

“Something New”

In Stefanie Sloane’s unforgettable story, an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her twenty-first birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways.

“Something Borrowed”

Elizabeth Boyle tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she’ll need to borrow one to convince them she’s found her true love.

“Something Blue”

In Laura Lee Guhrke’s story, unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding. 

“ . . . and a Sixpence in Her Shoe”

Julia Quinn finishes with the story of Beatrice Heywood, who never believed that the sixpence was anything but a tarnished old coin—until it led all of her friends to true love. But her faith in the coin is tested when it keeps sending her to the wrong man!

 

Review:

Something Old by Julia Quinn

Opening story about how the four girls met at Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls. Beatrice, Cordelia, Elinor and Anne found an old sixpence in Anne’s mattress and decided it would be their magic portal into the future.

Something New by Stefanie Sloane

Thinking of hiding away from the overwhelming crowd at a society ball, Anne attempts to find peace in an abandoned library in the house only to find a large dog and his master.

Rhys Hamilton, the Duke of Dorset, was hiding away in the library only to find himself in the presence of an enchanting girl who’s confiding her dilemma to the listening ears of the large mastiff. Overhearing her plight, he’s determined to help her find a suitable match.

Who knew he’d end up picking the most unlikely groom?

Something Borrowed by Elizabeth Boyle

Now it’s Cordelia turn with the coin. She’s got to find a pretend fiance to match the one she’s been telling her aunts about. Unfortunately he’s a work of fiction until she comes upon the brilliant idea if asking her childhood friend Kipp. When she reaches his home, she finds out much to her dismay that he’s changed and isn’t the delightful captain Talcot she’d been reading about. He’d become the heir when his oldest brother died and he’d changed–and not for the good. He’s the Earl of Thornton now and must marry for money to fix his embattled home and family fortune.

Kipp knows it is wrong to accede to Cordelia’s masquerade, but it’s as if someone’s thrown him a lifeline. What can he do but follow his heart even though he knows it’s at the cost of a fortune.

Something Blue by Laura Lee Guhrke 

True love torn asunder. Elinor loved her father and had always chosen to ignore the scandalous rumors about his behavior during the war. Psh Posh, there was no truth to his businessvhaving produced inferior arms. He was not a war profiteer. So when Lawrence approached her six months earlier, refusing to show her the evidence he had against her father but asking her to believe him, she’d refused to take his side against her father. She was going all out to try to find a way to save him. Her plan? Marrying Bluestone would ensure her father’s safety as his father was on the board trying her father.

Lawrence had plans of his own. He had captured the lucky sixpence and he knew how superstitious Ellie was about it. Hopefully he could save her from doing something that would destroy them both?

… And a sixpence in her shoe by Julia Quinn.

As it began, so it ends. Julia Quinn finishes up the anthology with the fourth member of the group, Beatrice. Bea is a wonderful woman with warmth,  intelligence, and great spirit. Luckily she meets someone who is her perfect match, with love and laughter that sometimes turns to tears.

The whole anthology was really well done. Thanks!

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